David Cameron "remains in charge" as he takes a week's holiday away from Britain, Downing Street said today.
The Prime Minister and wife Samantha soaked up the sun in Ibiza this morning after jetting out to the island yesterday.
Mr Cameron has been accompanied by a small team of key staff and is being kept up to date over developments in the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
Amid suggestions he should have remained in the country, Mr Cameron won support from an unlikely source.
Tory backbencher Nadine Dorries, a well-known critic of her party's leader, said it was "ridiculous" to criticise him for having a few days away.
She told Murnaghan on Sky News: "We have got the internet, we've got mobile phones.
"I think Cameron could actually get back from Ibiza to London quicker than if he was in Cornwall.
"I think he is entitled to a holiday, he's entitled to be with his family. I actually want the Prime Minister to be refreshed, feeling happy because he's had holiday time with his kids and his wife and come back and be a refreshed Prime Minister."
Looking relaxed and casual, the couple sipped coffee against a picturesque beachside backdrop.
Mr Cameron, in a dark shirt and open-toed sandals, and his wife, who was sporting a teal-coloured sun dress, were left undisturbed by nearby customers, including fellow Brits.
A No10 spokesman said: "The PM is on holiday with his family for the week. As always, whilst away, he remains in charge, and has office support with him."